What can I do with this program after I graduate?

  • This certificate will allow candidates to apply for positions to work with AIG students as a classroom teacher, curriculum coach, co-teacher, or district coordinator.
  • If accepted into the master’s degree program, a maximum of twelve (12) Graduate Certificate hours may be applied toward the M.Ed. AIG degree, to elective requirements in other Special Education M.Ed. majors, or to other UNC Charlotte M.Ed. programs, with the permission of the program’s Graduate Program Director and the student’s academic advisor.  Admission to the Graduate Certificate program does not ensure admission into a master’s degree program.

The Graduate Certificate Program in Academically or Intellectually Gifted consists of a 12 credit hour sequence. Each course is worth 3 credits. Candidates typically enroll in 1-2 courses per semester. The four required courses are listed below in sequential order. We recommend that candidates take the courses in order as they are designed to build off one another.

Course listing:

  • SPED 5211 - Nature and Needs of Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6124 - Methods of Instructing Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6161 - Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students (3)
  • SPED 6224 - Adapting Curriculum Materials and Classroom Differentiation (3)